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Archive for April, 2012

Guardian Quiptic 650 / Hectence

Posted by Big Dave on 30th April 2012

Big Dave.

One of the harder Quiptics that I have reviewed, but there are plenty of different types of clue utilised.

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Independent 7969/i 381 Quixote

Posted by Pierre on 30th April 2012

Pierre.

Another sound and enjoyable Monday morning puzzle from Quixote, but one which I found more difficult than some in the past.  However, once I got my way into it, it fell out nicely.

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Guardian 25,623 – Rufus

Posted by Andrew on 30th April 2012

Andrew.

Perhaps not as many cryptic definitions as usual from Rufus today, but lots of double definitions, and quite a few easy anagrams that helped me to get the grid started. 22ac is perhaps slightly obscure, but apart from that this is all nicely straightforward.

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Beelzebub 1,155

Posted by Simon Harris on 29th April 2012

Simon Harris.

Quite a tough week, though I think I’ve at least managed to expain everything. There seem to be relatively few anagrams this week, along with a great deal of abbreviations in the subsidiary indications.

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AZED No. 2,081 Plain

Posted by The Trafites on 29th April 2012

The Trafites.

Nick:  Fairly easy Azed his week, 6/10.

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Everyman No. 3420 (22nd April)

Posted by The Trafites on 29th April 2012

The Trafites.

Lorraine:  Good morning to you all,

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Independent on Sunday 1157 Hypnos

Posted by scchua on 29th April 2012

scchua.

This is my debut Indy blog, and an enjoyable and not too difficult puzzle to start off with.  Thanks Hypnos.  Definitions are underlined in the clues.  The pictures at the bottom each has an unidentified link to the puzzle.

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Enigmatic Variations 1014 Two of a Kind by Nutmeg

Posted by twencelas on 28th April 2012

twencelas.

So straight clues this week apart from seven with no definition (with a thematic treatment) and six unclued. So what will the “Two of a Kind” prove to be?

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Guardian 25,616 / Araucaria

Posted by mhl on 28th April 2012

mhl.

I think this was the easiest Saturday crossword we’ve done in quite a while – at least, it was very fast work until the final two clues (15a and 16d), neither of which we knew.

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Independent 7962 (Saturday Prize Puzzle 21st April 2012) by Tyrus

Posted by twencelas on 28th April 2012

twencelas.

Another Saturday blog day for me and another Tyrus puzzle. But am I bovvered?

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Financial Times 13,989 by Falcon

Posted by Jed on 27th April 2012

Jed.

Clear and concise clueing from Falcon today

 

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Independent 7967 / Phi

Posted by Bertandjoyce on 27th April 2012

Bertandjoyce.

We were pleased to see that it was Phi again in his regular Friday slot. As usual, smooth surface readings and some tricky misdirections, especially in 8a and 25a. A really enjoyable puzzle and the more that we looked at it, the more we admired the compilation of the crossword. We felt that last Friday’s Phi wasn’t quite up to his usual high standards, but this is definitely back on form! Thanks Phi!

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Guardian Cryptic N° 25,621 by Crucible

Posted by PeterO on 27th April 2012

PeterO.

I found this an inventive and amusing challenge.

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Financial Times no.13,988 by STYX

Posted by Ringo on 26th April 2012

Ringo.

I’m writing this in a whole new postal district, surrounded by boxes of books that need unpacking… but the move obviously hasn’t helped my brainpower, as this engaging offering from Styx took me far longer than it should have. A nice puzzle, I thought; some unusual usages  and baroque definitions elevated it a wee bit above bog-standard for me.

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Guardian 25,620 / Araucaria

Posted by Eileen on 26th April 2012

Eileen.

A reasonably straightforward puzzle from Araucaria, with a trademark long answer to help things along and some nice constructions to boot. Very enjoyable, I thought.

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